Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Market Data
July 20, 2015

Foresight Energy to return to Deer Run Mine in Illinois

Coal producer Foresight Energy has received approval for its plan to re-enter and restore power to a portion of the Deer Run Mine near Hillsboro, Illinois, US, which was evacuated in April due to high carbon monoxide levels.

Coal producer Foresight Energy has received approval for its plan to re-enter and restore power to a portion of the Deer Run Mine near Hillsboro, Illinois, US, which was evacuated in April due to high carbon monoxide levels.

Approval was given by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Mines and Minerals (IDNR).

In April, the US-based company announced that carbon monoxide readings in excess of actionable levels were detected in the Deer Run Mine.

"The company then expected to resume mining activity at the mine after MSHA determines that conditions are safe."

The company then expected to resume mining activity at the mine after MSHA determines that conditions are safe.

The incident did not impact any coal deliveries due to availability of sufficient inventory at the mine, the company said.

Following approval, Foresight personnel will be able to assess the ventilation and longwall mining systems and address any needed rehabilitation to the underground facilities.

Content from our partners
Digitalisation and its impact on the mining industry
Case study: how to save time, cost, and mining interaction for service and dewatering bores
Innovations in mining and the future of the industry

Prior to approving Foresight’s plan, MSHA and IDNR officials evaluated the mine atmosphere thoroughly.

The re-entry plan will require mine personnel to continue to monitor air quality in accordance with sampling protocols.

In order to fully restart normal mining operations at the Deer Run Mine, Foresight said it will continue to work with regulatory agencies.

Foresight, which serves both the domestic and international markets, has control of more than three billion tonnes of coal reserves that are currently supporting four mining complexes.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The mining industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU